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Reserve Firefighter

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Orangevale, CA Part-time
Posted on April 28, 2019

Closing date: 6/14/2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The Reserve Firefighter is an "At-Will, Volunteer" employee who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Fire Chief.  The Fire Chief may cancel the appointment, with or without cause, at any time without a right of appeal.


$12.00 per call minimum
$12.00 per hour thereafter
Paid only during call outs, training or special events

The Reserve Firefighter is responsible to protect life and property using skills obtained through experience, education and training. These skills may be used in a wide variety of tasks including, but not limited to, emergency response, public education and community involvement. Under general supervision the Reserve Firefighter will be expected to perform multiple functions using sound judgment and good decision making skills. 

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check and a physical to include a drug screen.
The education or experience requirements may be modified or waived at the sole discretion of the Fire Chief.  At least one of the education or experience requirements must be met; both requirements cannot be modified or waived.  The Sacramento Metro Fire District Board of Directors shall be notified of any such modifications or waivers.  


Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Preference will be given to candidates who live within the greater Sacramento Region at time of appointment.
Education and Experience
Education must be obtained through a post secondary institution currently accredited by any accreditation body recognized by either the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education.
In order to remain in the Reserve Firefighter Program, individuals must successfully complete all District sponsored curriculum and pass all required courses.


  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
  • Completion of a California State certified Fire Academy
  • Bilingual Ability

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable federal, state, county, and District regulations, practices, and procedures.
  • Current basic firefighting methods, principles and techniques.
  • The Incident Command System.
  • Operations and maintenance of tools equipment used at emergency scenes.
  • Types of cleaning methods for various tools and equipment, correct use of cleaning solvents, and manufacturer's or departmental guidelines for cleaning equipment and tools.
  • Infectious disease control procedures.
  • Emergency radio communication procedures.
  • Medical terminology and documentation.
  • Emergency vehicle maintenance and operation, including all applicable federal and state driving licenses.

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with a wide variety of people that include senior management, employees, outside agencies, and the general public. 
  • Learn to operate fire and other emergency apparatus and equipment effectively and safely.
  • Learn to analyze fire and other emergency situations accurately and take effective action.
  • Follow directions and orders of superiors quickly in emergency situations.
  • Understand and comply with Metro Fire's policies, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances pertaining to the position's essential functions.
  • Ability to learn firefighting and other emergency care knowledge, techniques and skills primarily through the methods of classroom instruction and through seeing the tasks performed.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations professionally in a calm and collective manner.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates and general public.
  • Skill in the care and use of all pertinent tools and equipment required providing service to the public.